The Jakarta Post
Indonesia and Italy have agreed to increase their partnership in the field of education through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University of Manado (Unima) rector Philotheus Tuerah and the University of Napoli Orientale (Unior ) rector Giuseppe Cataldi.
Indonesian Ambassador to Italy, August Parengkuan, witnessed the signing of the MoU which took place at the Unior rectorate building in Naples, Italy, on Wednesday.
'Ambassador August Parengkuan expressed his appreciation at the signing of the MoU on education partnership between the University of Manado and the University of Napoli Orientale,' said Nindarsari Utomo, the head of information, social and culture affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Rome as quoted by Antara.
Philotheus said the partnership agreed by the two universities would include student and lecturer exchanges, joint research and exchanges of library materials and publications.
During the ceremony, the Unima rector took an opportunity to explain the potential of the university which has seven faculties, 32,000 students, 1,200 lecturers and around 600 administration staff members.
Philotheus said Unima would provide proper accommodation for students who wanted to pursue their higher studies at the university.
Meanwhile Cataldi expressed his respect for Ambassador August Parengkuan who had given his support to Unior's Indonesian Studies, which was first established in 1964 to improve relations between the two countries.
He also expressed his appreciation of Antonia Soriente, the coordinator of Indonesian Studies, for her commitment such that Unior had become one of the only campuses in southern Europe that had Indonesian culture and language studies. (ebf)
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